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The Globe and the World: Representations and Theorizations of New Transnational Formations

CHUM 356
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 356, SOC 356, ENGL 356
Certificates: International Relations

In the past four decades, the study of national territories, cultures, and societies has been supplemented and challenged by concepts and categories such as the transnational, the diasporic, the global, the cosmopolitan, and by the "worlding" vocabulary that has produced such notions as world literature, world music, world politics, etc. This course will examine literary and theoretical texts to ask what is at stake in this multiplication of categories across a range of disciplines, from postcolonial studies to sociology and beyond. We will discuss the relationship between actually existing phenomena and their construction as objects of knowledge by various disciplines and in fictional representations.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will need to develop their ability to read closely texts from several cultures and disciplines in order to develop points of comparison between them. The theoretical texts we read will be from several humanities and social science disciplines and discourses, so the ability to interpret their concepts and work with them will be important. Both the globe and the world-concepts are by definition more than Western and include other cultures.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENGL)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
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